Are there Any Risks or Complications with Refractive Lensectomy?
Refractive Lensectomy is a highly successful procedure all over the world.
Intraocular surgery is performed over 20 million times per year worldwide and is recognised for its safety and predictability.
More than 99% of refractive Lensectomy surgeries improve vision, but a small number of patients may experience some problems, some severe enough to limit vision.
As with any surgery, results can never be guaranteed. There is always a possibility of complications due to drug reactions, or other factors that may involve other parts of your body. But serious complications are extremely rare, and occur in less than half of one percent (0.5%) of cases.
The most serious complications are:
- Infection: One in 1,000 to 2,000 cases.
- Loss of the lens into the back of the eye: One in 1,000 cases.
- Serious inflammation inside the eye: One in 200 to 300 cases.
- Retinal detachment: One in 200 to 400 cases.
- Retinal or persistent corneal swelling: One in 200 cases.
- Blindness (very very very rare).
- Loss of the eye (extremely rare).
Another consideration is that nobody can predict exactly how the new lens will perform when it is in place (especially if you had previous eye surgery). On rare occasions the lens may even need to be replaced in a second procedure, because it does not match your eye.
In cases where implant lens exchange is medically necessary, there will be no out of pocket payment for surgical or anaesthetic fees, but Day Theatre fees still apply. Theatre fees will also apply if additional astigmatism or laser surgery is necessary.
In cases where 2 lenses are used, a membrane may rarely form between them, requiring further surgery. Very rarely a lens needs to be taken out.
Less serious complications may occur in up to 5% of cases. In general, they do not have serious effects on the vision, or they are transient.
If the eye is healthy, the chances are excellent that you will have good vision, following Refractive Lensectomy.
If before surgery you could not see 20/20 with your glasses, most likely your vision will not be 20/20 after the procedure.
If before surgery you had glare or halos, most likely you will have glare or halos after the procedure. Many ReZoom patients may experience some degree of glare or halos.
Keep in mind that lens implants have been in use for about 50 years to treat cataracts. Over 20 million cataract and implant procedures are now performed each year.
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